Failure to yield leads to crash that closes portion of U.S. 74 in Union County

An alternate route would be to take the Monroe Bypass or the Charlotte Highway.
According to state highway patrol, a tractor trailer turning left to yield to oncoming traffic and collided with another trailer before hitting a power pole.
Published: Jul. 27, 2022 at 5:12 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2022 at 1:14 PM EDT
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UNION COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) – A failure to yield is being blamed for a major crash that closed a portion of U.S. 74 in Union County early Wednesday morning.

The highway was shut down in both directions between Sardis Church Road and Helmsville Road for most of Wednesday.

According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, two tractor-trailer trucks collided at U.S. 74 and Sardis Church Road. The crash caused a power outage at the intersection that will take several hours to repair, transportation officials said.

According to North Carolina State Highway Patrol, it happened around 2:30 a.m. when the driver of one of the tractor-trailers tried to turn left onto Sardis Church Road from U.S. 74, failed to yield to the other tractor-trailer and hit it.

That other tractor-trailer then collided with a power pole, causing downed power lines all across the road.

“If I’m a little late I got a reason why now,” Marino Harris, who works nearby the intersection, told WBTV.

Mid-day it was already impacting business at the Exxon gas station and market.

“I’m gonna have to send staff home due to the incident,” Monica Turian, who manages the market, said. “We have no money coming in and we’re losing profit so it’s time to cut the loss and send everybody home for the day.”

Turian says this is not the first crash she’s seen here.

“This should be a wakeup call to the people in the area, pay attention to this intersection, don’t break the rules,” she said.

According to NCDOT, this was converted into a reduced conflict intersection back in 2018, basically rerouting side street traffic from being able to cross over HWY 74.

Troopers do not believe confusion around that led up to this crash, but rather driver error.

“It’s definitely gonna affect my community home instead of 30 minutes it might be an hour or two,” Harris said.

The highway reopened shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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